Straddling the Boundaries opening May 7th

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Straddling the Boundaries
Curated by Ricardo Rodriguez

In the contemporary art world one could easily think that every “medium” is in crisis. There is constant shifting and borrowing among disciplines. This is not a new way of approaching art-making, but artists are increasingly embracing diverse creative and presentational possibilities in order to enhance their ideas and concepts. The idea of layering and juxtaposing images with materials has been practiced since the “readymades” of Marcel Duchamp. But contemporary artists continue to explore the blurring boundaries between images, objects, process, and media in new and exciting ways.

This exhibition showcases the work of Colin Gray, Melissa Manfull, and Ricardo Rodríguez. Though they all grew up in different countries, there are commonalities in their approach to their work and conceptual interests. Paper and wood form elements of many of the works displayed – either in relation to drawing in the case of Manfull and Gray, or photography in Rodríguez’s work. At the same time, each explores landscapes in one way or another; either by investigating the structure of their media, or by deconstructing the location in which they live.

Melissa Manfull, Colin Gray and Ricardo Rodriguez’s works compose a distinctive exhibition which showcases a hybrid approach to creating and presenting artworks. By borrowing from various different media – two-dimensional and three-dimensional – these artists are straddling the boundaries between them, and liberating themselves from medium-specificity.

  • Artists: Colin Gray, Melissa Manfull, and Ricardo Rodríguez
  • Opening reception: Saturday, May 7th, 2016 6-9pm
  • Date: May 7th – July 8th
  • Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10am-5pm
  • Location: Fellows of Contemporary Art, 970 N. Broadway, Suite 208, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Website: http://focala.org/curators-lab/

MOLAA – The Collaborative

Ricardo Rodriguez in an exhibit organized by the Museum of Latin American Art

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THE COLLABORATIVE: QUESTION IN THE LINE

April 6 – June 30, 2013

THE COLLABORATIVE: A PROJECT OF THE ARTS COUNCIL FOR LONG BEACH AND THE MUSEUM OF LATIN AMERICAN ART

This exhibition proposes a study of line in space in the work of three artists: Darío Escobar, Ricardo Rodríguez and Enrique Castrejón. The line is not only the foundation of drawing but of other art disciplines, as the representation of a line in space marks delimitations as well as movement.

The two works in MOLAA’s collection, Kukulkán, 2009, by Darío Escobar and Attempt to Construct, 2010, by Ricardo Rodríguez, use the line in a poetic way to address the nature of sculpture. In the case of Escobar, his work consists of baroque lines of rubber tires which struggle to return to their natural curved state and reference the history and social issues of his native Guatemala. Rodríguez’s work is a continuous line that breaks the barrier of bidimensionality becoming a tridimensional object, at the same time challenging how identity is a political construct, from his own experience as a Puerto Rican.

MOLAA Symposium

MOLAA Symposium

Between Theory and Practice: Rethinking Latin American Art in the 21st Century

Between Theory and Practice: Rethinking Latin American Art in the 21st Century is a two part symposium that will take place in Southern California and in Lima, Peru. The panel of speakers will be comprised of an international group of scholars, curators, museum directors and artists who will discuss new approaches to studying and presenting Latin American art in the 21st century. The first session, from March 11 – 13, 2011 will be held at MOLAA and at The Getty Center in Los Angeles; the second session, from November 2 – 4, 2011 will be held at the Museo de Arte de Lima in Peru. Both sessions will address the same topics but will introduce different speakers.

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BOUNDARIES: SELECTIONS FROM THE MOLAA PERMANENT COLLECTION

BOUNDARIES: SELECTIONS FROM THE MOLAA PERMANENT COLLECTION

January 13– July 3, 2011

Boundaries: Selections from the MOLAA Permanent Collection is composed of three sections. This collection rotation, like previous ones, aims to present a broad picture about Latin American art, both historical and contemporary, ranging from traditional to contemporary electronic media. This exhibition includes important new acquisitions and works never displayed before. The historical section in this new display introduces a selection of works by Chilean artist Roberto Sebastian Matta that focus on the portfolio of aquatint etchings titled Come Detto Dentro Vo Significando.

The second section introduces a two-channel digital video installation by Mexican artist Gabriel de la Mora, titled 39-G.M.C.-23.sept.2007, a performance in video where the artist appears destroying a life-size realistic self-portrait piñata containing entrails and the likeness of blood. This unique video is part of a series dealing with issues of personal identity within the context of family and his Mexican heritage.

The largest and final section gives its name to the exhibition as it deals with issues of boundaries –geographical, political, ideological or cultural. Some works in this section deal directly with forms of mapping, while others function as emblematic symbolic elements around which identity and politics are defined. As a result, they create a complex conceptual interplay between the works. Some artists in this section include: Ricardo Benaim, Benvenuto Chavajay, Milagros de la Torre, Miguel Fernández, Roberto Huarcaya, Walterio Iraheta, Marcos Maggi, Marcos Montiel-Soto, Carlos Motta, Mario Opazo, Ricardo Rodríguez, Doris Salcedo and Gastón Ugalde.

A work that may be seen at the intersection of this rotation is Doris Salcedo, Shibboleth I-IV, a series of four renderings of Salcedo’s site specific installation in preparation for the presentation at the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern in London in 2007. Shibboleth, was a fissure that ran as a hairline crack at the top of the ramp near the west entrance of the hall and zigzagged down to the far end, gradually widening and deepening as it ran. For Salcedo, the crack reveals a “colonial and imperial history [that] has been disregarded, marginalized or simply obliterated… the history of racism, running parallel to the history of modernity and… its untold dark side.”

Boundaries is presented with support from the Robert Gumbiner Foundation, Verizon Wireless, the Arts Council for Long Beach and the City of Long Beach.

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INTERLOGUES

Boundaries

Thursday, February 10, 7:30 – 9:00pm

Charter Screening Room

Join Gabriela Martínez, MOLAA’s Associate VP of Education, Selene Preciado, Assistant Curator and artist Ricardo Rodríguez in conversation about borders and boundaries as they present highlights from the exhibition Boundaries: Selections from the MOLAA Permanent Collection.

INTERLOGUES

INTERLOGUES

Boundaries

Thursday, February 10, 7:30 – 9:00pm

Charter Screening Room

Join Gabriela Martínez, MOLAA’s Associate VP of Education, Selene Preciado, Assistant Curator and artist Ricardo Rodríguez in conversation about borders and boundaries as they present highlights from the exhibition Boundaries: Selections from the MOLAA Permanent Collection.